Although the primary election isn’t even scheduled until late June, that’s no reason to let the COVID-19 outbreak go to waste, apparently… the presidential primary is cancelled. However, the state will still conduct congressional and state level primaries on that day.
So, where’s the logic here?
The primary will be held, why not add the democrat presidential candidates on it as well?
Board Commissioner Andrew Spano reasoned that the risk of increasing the spread of the virus was not worth having “anyone on the ballot just for the purpose of issues at the convention.”
“Senator Sanders has collaborated with state parties, the national party and the Biden campaign, to strengthen the Democrats by aligning the party’s progressive and moderate wings. His removal from the ballot would hamper those efforts, to the detriment of the party in the general election,” read the letter.
“What the Sanders supporters want is essentially a beauty contest that, given the situation with the public health emergency that exists now, seems to be unnecessary and, indeed, frivolous,” said board co-chairman Douglas Kellner.
The state election board was given the power to cancel the primary by a recently passed provision in the New York budget, which allows the board to remove candidates who have suspended or terminated their campaign from the ballot.
“It just makes so much sense given the extraordinary nature of the challenge,” party chair Jay Jacobs said last week about canceling the presidential primary.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said that he did not request the cancellation.